The Lincoln Saltdogs hammered St. Paul on Saturday, beating the Saints 15-1. Lincoln improves to 45-38 on the season, 16-19 in the second half.
The Saltdogs never looked back after scoring two runs in the first inning, on sacrifice flies by Argelis Nunez and Juan Camacho. Nunez then opened the home run barrage with a two-run shot in the third inning, his 20th of the season. Roberto Alvarez hit a solo home run in the fifth inning to make it 5-0, and Pat Trettel crushed a two-run shot in the sixth to put Lincoln in front by seven.
The two teams waited out a 49-minute rain delay in the bottom of the sixth, but the stoppage did little to slow down the Lincoln bats. Brandon Jones hit a two-run homer in the seventh as part of a three-run frame, and Juan Richardson hit a solo shot in the eighth inning to give the ’Dogs an 11-0 lead. The Saltdogs added four more runs in the top of the ninth, before St. Paul plated a run with two out in the bottom of the ninth to avoid a shutout.
Saltdogs starter Angel Castro (3-2) had the Saints eating out of his hand most of the night, allowing just four hits and two walks over 5.2 innings pitched while striking out six. The long rain delay kept him from continuing in the game, but Tycen Povey came on to pitch the final 3.1 innings to earn his first career save.
Jones finished the night 2-for-4 with the two-run homer, a two-run double and four RBI. Gavin Dickey went 3-for-6 with a run scored. Nunez ended up 2-for-3 with three RBI, and his 20 home runs leave him just one shy of the Saltdogs team record. Rafael Alvarez and Roberto Alvarez both went 2-for-5, with Roberto driving in two runs and Rafael totaling one RBI. Richardson ended up 2-for-5, and his home run was his fourth of the week. The Saltdogs have now hit 105 home runs as a team this season, which ties the franchise record.
The two teams play the rubber match of their three-game series Sunday afternoon at 1:05. Right-hander Jake Marceaux will take the mound for the Saltdogs.